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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
407 AM EDT TUE MAR 18 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A
DIFFERENT FLOOD TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: TURN AROUND DONT DROWN

TURN AROUND DONT DROWN...OR TADD FOR SHORT...IS A NOAA NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE CAMPAIGN USED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE HAZARDS
OF DRIVING A VEHICLE OR WALKING THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.

THIS YEAR IS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TADD PROGRAM. HUNDREDS
OF SIGNS DEPICTING THE MESSAGE HAVE BEEN ERECTED AT LOW WATER
CROSSINGS DURING THE PAST DECADE. THE PHRASE TURN AROUND
DONT DROWN HAS BECOME A CATCHPHRASE IN THE
MEDIA...CLASSROOM...AND EVEN AT HOME. ITS ONE THING TO SEE OR
HEAR THE PHRASE...AND ANOTHER TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE.

FLOODING IS THE 2ND LEADING CAUSE OF WEATHER RELATED FATALITIES
IN THE U.S. (BEHIND HEAT). ON AVERAGE...FLOODING CLAIMS THE LIVES
OF 89 PEOPLE EACH YEAR. MOST OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR IN MOTOR
VEHICLES WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.
MANY OTHER LIVES ARE LOST WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO FLOOD WATERS. THIS
HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE THE FORCE AND POWER OF
WATER...ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS MOVING. THE GOOD NEWS IS MOST
FLOODING DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST-MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK OVER AN ADULT.
ONLY EIGHTEEN INCHES OF FLOWING WATER CAN CARRY AWAY MOST
VEHICLES...INCLUDING LARGE SUVS. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL THE
EXACT DEPTH OF WATER COVERING A ROADWAY OR THE CONDITION OF THE
ROAD BELOW THE WATER. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AT NIGHT WHEN YOUR
VISION IS MORE LIMITED. IT IS NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE OR WALK THROUGH
FLOOD WATERS. ANY TIME YOU COME TO A FLOODED ROAD...WALKWAY...OR
PATH...FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE: TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TADD PROGRAM...VISIT
HTTP://TADD.WEATHER.GOV.

FOR FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...VISIT OUR NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE AT
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD HAZARDS.


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